Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

PBS queries foreigners at CM's roadshows

Labuan: PBS is concerned over the issuance of citizenship to illegal immigrants, stressing that registration for documents is being carried out by Parti Warisan through town halls and roadshows.

"I have never come across a political party issuing identification documents to people, particularly foreigners and PTIs (illegals).

"The Warisan-led government gave the excuse that the recent roadshows and town halls were meant to register the number of illegal immigrants in Sabah.

"It is an open secret that issuing documents to non-Malaysians is part of their undertaking and this is what they are doing now," Ongkili said in a statement.

The Kota Marudu Member of Parliament stressed that those who had illegally entered and stayed in Sabah should be arrested and deported to their country, as stated in the country's law and regulations.

"We in PBS also believe that to reduce the numbers of PTIs in Sabah, all enforcement forces from police, marine and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency must beef up operations to cripple any efforts to enter our waters illegally," he said.

"There is nothing concrete done because the legitimacy of the Warisan-led government is still questionable. (Datuk Seri) Shafie (Apdal) claimed they have the majority when Upko President (Datuk Seri) Madius (Tangau) defected from Barisan Nasional to join his camp but nothing is legitimate until their status is determined by court," he said.

He noted it was all deja vu for PBS, reminding them of the time when party President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan was robbed of his power as the chief minister in 1994 by the BN government.

"Secondly, seemed that their 100 days election promises are meant to be broken. Recently, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said their manifesto is not a bible to be fulfilled.

"By saying that, it is obvious that their manifesto was just meant to get people's votes. It is obvious that these promises were made to lure votes. Nothing more," he said.

Ongkili also said with the legitimacy of the state government still in doubt, the state is losing investor confidence.

Addressing delegates at the 33rd P166 Labuan Parti Bersatu Sabah Annual General Meeting, here, the party's Deputy President stressed that just four months into power, the state government has done nothing but damages affecting the wellbeing of Sabahans and Sabah's economy.

"The are no new investments coming in, projects are put on KIV (keep-in-view) because funds are frozen. Even contactors' claims are not paid, thus hampering the progress of on-going projects.

The number of tourists had also gone down, with statistics showing that the current number of people holidaying in Sabah saw the lowest number in the last five years," Ongkili said and lamented that someone with no civil service background was picked to head the state's Water Department.

"When Upko efected from BN, they claimed that it was done to protect the rights of Bumiputeras. But they did nothing when the former Water Department head, who is a Kimaragang, was laid off," he noted.

PBS, Ongkili stressed, had maintained its stand on these issues, and will continue to fight the rights of Sabah and Sabahans.

"The war cry 'Sabah for Sabahans' is too narrow. We also have relatives outside Sabah. So it should be renewed to 'Sabah for Sabahans First', where genuine Sabah citizens should be given priority on any rights. There must be no space for PTIs in Sabah. This is our land and we must protect our land," he said.

Source : Daily Express